Tip of the Day, October 7
"On WinXP and higher, a blank password is more secure (in some ways) than an easily guessable password because Windows will automatically disable remote access to accounts with blank passwords."
Microsoft Security at Home explains that criminals can easily guess a simple password such as "1234", "password", "abcd" and further specifies:
"You can choose to use a blank password on your computer account if these criteria are met:
- You only have one computer or you have several computers but you do not need to access information on one computer from another one
- The computer is physically secure (you trust everyone who has physical access to the computer)
The use of a blank password is not always a good idea. For example, a laptop computer that you take with you is probably not physically secure, so on those you should have a strong password."